Do the Squirrel Dance!
19th March 2007
It's called "The Rising Tide," written by Jeff Shaara. It covers the North African Theater from 1942 to its conclusion in 1943 (including Torch) and then covers the Allied Invasion of Sicily and Italy, stopping just short of the Normandy Landings (paraphrased from the intro in the book). Right now I'm at the part where the Americans and British have secured the targets of Oran, Casablanca and Algiers, and are getting ready to move into Tunisia. The book shows you a lot of the character behind the most famous people (Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, Churchill, etc...) as well as a few front line grunts (an American Tank crew, and an American Paratrooper [haven't gotten to the paratrooper yet]). Anyway, I was wondering, has anyone else read this book? Apparently it is part of a trilogy, but I can't seem to figure out which installment it is, nor what theaters the other books cover. Yea, I kinda know what's going to happen, but it's cool to see the decisions made from the point of view of the higher-ups in the chain of command. By the way, the book lists several research sources, including memoirs, official documents and other reliable sources. The author mentions in the foreword that he prides himself on historical accuracy and that he takes no liberties with the people who's thoughts and actions are well documented.
All in all, so far it's a good read, and I find myself making parallels between the story of the tank crew (mainly Private Jack Logan, the gunner) and my own experiences in FH (1 and 2). So yea, it's a good book, and I'm truly glad my Aunt bought it for me. So, has anyone else read this book, or any others by Jeff Shaara? When I'm finished with this one, should I seek out more of his, or maybe try another author? Also, don't spoil the ending, I want to find out who wins the war on my own ;).
Lo, I am Mudra, za emo soldat!
25th September 2004
Ew, Jeff Shaara.... He wrote Gods and Generals, and The Last Full Measure, which were prequel and sequal to the great The Killer Angels by Micheal Shaara, his father, on the US Civil War. Since then, he has gone on a tiraid of writing books on the wars, some good, like his ones on the rev war and mexican war, and others down right bad, like the one on WW1. My suggestion, read the Killer Angels, and set that as the standerd.
Requiescat in Pace
20th March 2008
I just checked my WW2 book collection and really, every book has a different author :p And no Jeff Shaara. Not really into what the famous WW2 books are. Except for Beyond Band of Brothers. Just had to read the memoires of Winters :rolleyes:
wasn't around for some years
10th June 2004
Ha, when i was a boy I read some dime novels by Douglas Reeman about naval warfare. Hell, that was soppy.:p
I got no clue about your book or Jeff Shaara, but it can only be better.